The devastated mum and best friend of Richard Okorogheye have this afternoon laid flowers at the spot where a body was found during a search.
His mum Evidence Joel and pal Hala Mohamed, 18, were among a group that visited a pond in Epping Forest, Essex, where a body matching the description of the 19-year-old was found on Monday.
Formal identification is yet to take place.
The heartbroken friends and family knelt beside the pond and looked to be saying words of prayer before laying flowers in the water.
Wearing a black coat and a blue face mask, Evidence was comforted by the group as she broke down in tears.
They also poured water into the pond as they paid tribute to the Oxford Brookes student.
Richard, who has sickle cell disease, was last seen by his family on March 22, when he left their home in the Ladbroke Grove area of west London.
Police said he then took a taxi to a residential street in Loughton, Essex, where he was last seen on CCTV in the early hours of the following day, walking towards Epping Forest.
The force previously said Mr Okorogheye’s phone had not been in use since his disappearance.
He did not take his medication or any money when he left home.
A formal identification of the body found has not yet been carried out.